Babloo charged under MCOCA for threatening trader


New Delhi : Delhi Police Monday formally charged, under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), mobster Babloo Srivastava and his accomplice Fazl-ur-Rehman for threatening to kidnap a Delhi-based businessman for ransom.

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The Special Cell, an anti-terrorist wing of Delhi Police, filed the charge-sheet against Babloo and his accomplice in the court of Additional Sessions Judge B.R. Kedia, who posted the matter to Jan 29.

Under the MCOCA, the police have to file the charge-sheet in the case within 180 days of the arrest of the accused.

Srivastava was brought to Delhi from Bareilly Jail in Uttar Pradesh on a warrant to present him in a city court. He was arrested July 27, 2006.

The Special Cell of Delhi Police lodged a first information report (FIR) under MCOCA against Srivastava and Fazl-ur-Rehman Dec 29, 2006. The police alleged that the two were running an extortion racket in the capital during the period 1983-97.

The police arrested Fazl-ur-Rehman Aug 6 last year from Sonouli near India-Nepal border for allegedly kidnapping another businessman and demanding ransom from his family.

More than 40 criminal cases, including those relating to murder, extortion, kidnapping and attempt to murder, are pending against the duo.

They have been charged under Sections 387 (putting person in fear of death), 364-A (kidnapping for ransom) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).